GOMBAK: Five men were arrested for being involved in two hardware store robberies in Rawang during the movement control order (MCO).
Gombak OCPD Asst Comm Arifai Tarawe said the group is believed to have broken into the hardware stores at two different occasions in March and April.
"We received a report from a hardware store owner after he found thieves had broken into his store and stolen tools and a lorry on March 31.
"On April 4, another hardware store owner made a similar report," he said.
Investigations led police to arrest a man at a house in Kampung Bharu, Kundang at around 12.10am on Thursday (June 4).
Police believe the suspect, also known as Boh Kundang, is the group's mastermind.
Police later arrested another local man and two foreigners in the same area before tracking down and arresting another accomplice in Sungai Buloh.
All those arrested were between 38 and 49 years old and one of them has a criminal record.
Police also retrieved the two stolen lorries, several hardware tools as well as three cars.
"One of the cars is believed to have been used in the robberies.
"The second car was reported stolen in Putra Perdana, Subang while we suspect the third to be a cloned car," he said.
Police also found three packets containing substances believed to be drugs and tests on all the five men came up positive for methamphetamine.
ACP Arifai said the group has been remanded until June 7 and the case is being investigated for vehicle theft and trespassing.
Separately, ACP Arifai said Gombak police issued RM1,000 compounds to 44 people at an entertainment outlet for flouting conditional MCO rules on June 3.
"We received a complaint about patrons there breaking the conditional MCO standard operating procedures (SOP)," he said,a adding the outlet's business license had expired last December.
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